Article ID: CBB718222781

Reconfiguring transport infrastructure in post-war Asia: mapping South Korean container ports, 1952–1978 (2020)


DiMoia, John P. (Author)

History and Technology
Volume: 36
Issue: 3-4
Pages: 382-399

Publication Date: 2020
Edition Details: Special Issue: Development Interventions: Science, Technology, and Technical Assistance
Language: English

In standard accounts of the origins of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), or intermodal, shipping container, including Marc Levinson’s The Box and Alexander Klose’s The Container Principle, the story remains centered in Europe and North America, reflecting the issue emerging on the continent in the prewar era, and the post-war growth of the American trucking industry, associated with the expansion of federal highways. In contrast, this essay moves the focus to East and Southeast Asia, reflecting the significance of the Korean War and the Vietnam War as factors driving the shift from break-bulk shipping to containers, here motivated by military logistics. The post-war 1945 reconfiguration of Japan’s wartime empire, involving the reconstitution of relationships deriving from imperial connections, meant that new sites such as Busan, South Korea (1952) and Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam (1965 to early 1970s) became the focal points for vast infusions of war-related materials.

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Article Gisela Mateos; Edna Suárez-Díaz (2020) Development interventions: science, technology and technical assistance. History and Technology (pp. 293-309). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Vleuten, Erik van der
Cloud, John
Ruffner, K. C.
McDonald, R. A.
Peebles, C.
Day, D. A.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Technology's Stories
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Harwood Academic Publishers
Indiana University Press
Reaktion Books
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis
Cold War
Military technology
Technology and society
Fokker, Anthony Herman Gerard
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
United States
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